New Employment Policy aims to link up more job seekers with employers

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Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
Zerihun Yeshitela, Expert at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

A new National Employment Policy that was recently approved by the Parliament is set to be implemented soon, according to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

The National Employment Policy aims to make it easier for job seekers and employers to link up and cut time wasted by establishing ways to promote balanced employment distribution.

“Through this Employment Policy, we are trying to strengthen the linkage of industries with employees and increase productivity so that we can become even more competitive globally,” Said Zerihun Yeshitela, Expert at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

He further said that when looking at the employment distribution, demand and supply should be considered. “These two things need to sync with each other and policies that are designed on a national level need to be coherent,” Zerihun said.

Besides establishing easier ways to link up job seekers with employers, the Policy also aims to bring those that are working in the informal sector to the formal.

“Yes there are a significant amount of people that are employed by the informal sector. We need to teach people and create awareness regarding the benefits of being employed in the formal sector. People need decent work; the environment they work in needs to be conducive, their rights need to be respected. There are minimum set rights and duties in our labor law, both expected from employees and employers. Those that will transition into the formal sector will benefit from all that,” said Zerihun

A council will also be established to oversee the implementation of the National Employment Policy as well as make sure that all stakeholders coordinate to make sure it is implemented effectively.

According to the Statistics Agency of Ethiopia, unemployment rate in Ethiopia averaged 19.88 percent from 1999 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 26.40 percent in 1999 and a record low of 16.80 percent in 2015.